The Montreal Canadiens announced that the team has placed forward Jonathan Drouin on injured reserve after suffering an injury during the third period of Friday’s game against the Washington Capitals. The team recalled forward Charles Hudon from the Laval Rocket of the AHL.
While the general assumption is that Drouin suffered the injury during the second period when he took a massive hit from Washington’s Alex Ovechkin, TVA’s Renaud Lavoie reports that Drouin’s injury doesn’t have anything to do with Ovechkin’s hit. The winger was forced out of the game after that hit and went under concussion protocol and was cleared. He returned to action in the third period where he suffered a separate injury. No word on when/what the injury is. Drouin has been faring well this season with seven goals and 15 points in 19 games.
Hudon spent the previous two season with the Canadiens, but failed to make an impact with the team and never could carve out a role for himself, especially last season when he was often a healthy scratch. However, after clearing waivers at the start of the season, Hudon has thrived with the Rocket, scoring nine goals in 17 games, including a hat trick with Laval Wednesday.